I feel like I have a long-running list of things nobody warns you about when it comes to becoming a mother. One of those things is bra shopping. I knew finding the perfect maternity and nursing bras would be no easy feat, but I had no idea how hard it would be to shop for bras post-baby!
After carrying 2 babies and breastfeeding for over a year, let’s just say things are not the way they used to be. Everything has changed! The body I once knew is gone. It’s not a bad thing, I’m just getting to know the new me. With this new body, comes new clothes, particularly new undergarments.
Here’s what you need to know about bra shopping after babies and breastfeeding:
Throw away your pre-baby bras. Before doing anything, throw away all of your bras from before pregnancy. While you’re at it, toss the maternity and nursing bras too. You will want to start fresh. If you have old, ill-fitting bras in your drawers, you’ll be tempted to wear them. Do not give in to temptation! It’s more important now than ever before that you wear proper undergarments. You’re an adult, you’ve given birth, you deserve a good bra!
Forget the sexy mall store. You know the one. Maybe it was okay to shop there pre-baby, but don’t let them fool you, they are not bra experts. Sure, go ahead and continue to stock up on underwear during their semi-annual sale. But post-baby, it’s important to get properly fitted. Privately owned lingerie boutiques and high-end department stores are the best places to get fitted. Don’t be shy around the salespeople, it’s their jobs to help you find the perfect fit.
There is no such thing as a “sister size.” This is one of the many reasons I’m anti chain store when it comes to bras. Any store that uses the term “sister size” is not doing you any favors, their top priority is making a sale. When a salesperson measures you and says you are a 34D (for instance), then that means your back is 34 inches around and you will fit perfectly in a D cup. Don’t let them fool you; a 36C is not a comparable size!
Bras are an important part of your health. Shopping for bras is like shopping for medical supplies. Sexy, right? While it may not be a sexy way of thinking about it, it’s the truth and an important part of your self-care as a mother. After months of carrying babies in your body, and years carrying them on your hips, it’s oh-so-important to make sure you’re keeping any extra weight from your chest evenly distributed in order to protect your back. Take care of yourself, mama!
Mama’s Favorite bRANDS: Photos courtesy of Brianna Rose Photography.
What’s your favorite bra store?